Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Lecture and Vamp Beading Workshop at IAIA

Santa Fe, NM | Apr 6, 2013 –

The Institute of American Indian Arts’ Women’s Society, College of Contemporary Native Art and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts present: Walking With Our Sisters, a lecture and vamp beading workshop with Christi Belcourt, on Saturday, April 6.
Walking With Our Sisters is a community-driven commemorative art action bringing attention to the estimated 600+ native women in Canada who have gone missing or have been murdered in the last 20 years. This project is about these women, paying respect to their lives and existence on this earth. They are not forgotten. They are sisters, mothers, daughters, cousins, and grandmothers. They have been cared for, they have been loved, and they are missing.

Over 600+ moccasin tops (vamps) are being created by hundreds of caring and concerned people to create one large collaborative art piece that will be installed for the public in various galleries and sites.

Join in the action. The workshop and lecture is open to everyone. Non-IAIA students participating in the workshop will need to bring their own supplies and material. The lecture is from 10:30 – 11:45 am in the IAIA Library and Technology Center (LTC) Auditorium. The workshop is from 1 – 4 pm in the IAIA LTC Auditorium Foyer.

About the Artist: Christi Belcourt is a Metis visual artist and author whose ancestry originates from the Metis historic community of Lac Ste. Anne, Alberta, Canada.  Her artwork follows the tradition of Métis floral beadwork and celebrates the beauty of the natural world, exploring symbolic properties that include concerns for the environment, biodiversity, and spirituality.

For more information:

Terra Matthews/Women’s Society – 

Courtney Leonard/IAIA – 

Ryan Rice/MoCNA –